Links: luthiers

Here's a page of links to luthiers' websites. I'll be adding to the list from time to time.

Ralph Bown This website has been 'under construction' for a long time, but don't let that put you off - Ralph is one of the best luthiers I've ever met. As well as the O/OO/OOO classic styles, he makes a range of more unusual guitars, including replicas of the Stellas made famous by blues players like Leadbelly, tiples, harp-guitars and long-scale baritone guitars. High end sellers like Dream Guitars love his instruments, and no wonder. He's one of the very few in the UK who can compete with the very best US luthiers.
CA Guitarworks If you own a Taylor or Lowden, or need any work done in or around Baldock in Hertfordshire, you should know about CA Guitarworks. Chris Andrews has been fully trained in the USA at the Taylor Guitars factory in California by some of their top repairmen. This has made him a qualified Taylor technician able to repair and fit Taylor ES systems and work on Taylor NT necks. As well as being authorised by many more brands, Chris and the team are one of the only repair centres in the UK for Lowden Guitars. CA Guitarworks are also able to set up and repair Parker Guitars and are trained Fishman pickup installers.
Mark Challinor One of the best UK luthiers I've met. His restoration of a Martin OM-42 that had been destroyed by a fork lift truck was little short of miraculous. Frank Ford's website. No contest - this is the most informative website on repair and restoration techniques in the world.
Charles Hoffman Well respected maker and repairer who has been in the business since 1971. Lots of pics of guitars in progress.
Kovacik Guitars Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair was founded in 1995 by luthier Steven Kovacik, who has been building and repairing guitars since 1986. Steve is a specialist in building and repairing flat top acoustic guitars, is a CF Martin Authorized Warranty Repair Service agent. He's also worth contacting if you're looking for vintage tuners for a guitar as he as acquired a large stock over the years.
Manchester GuitarTech Steve Robinson's website. Steve is one of the North-West of England's leading luthiers, and his website is full of useful information.
Stefan Sobell I've never met him but feel I know him well as I've worked on many of his instruments. Apart from his distinctive guitars, it's hard to imagine traditional music without his 'cittern family' instruments.
Thomas Williams Great design flair and top-notch repairs and setups. 'Will' is based in South Devon. I've worked with him on and off since the early 1980s. See the solid 'F-5' mandolin in the photo galleries for an example of his work. Will carved the body and neck, and I finished it in a 'near-Lake Placid' metallic blue. No website, but he can be contacted on +44 (0)7973 242426.
Russ Wootton Russ Wootton builds fine small-bodied acoustic guitars. I bought one in 1984 and used it for over 20 years. The inspiration is from the American tradition of steel-strung guitars but the construction process is that of the top classical and Spanish luthiers